by MMAWeekly.com Live
Strikeforce: Miami lands in Sunrise, Fla., Saturday night with two title fights on tap: Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis for the vacant welterweight strap and Cris “Cyborg” Santos defending her 145-pound women’s title against Marloes Coenen.
Much of the hype however surrounds former WWE star Bobby Lashley in his promotional debut, and NFL veteran Herschel Walker in his mixed martial arts debut.
The Strikeforce: Miami main card airs live on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET. Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs streams live EASportsMMA.com at 9 p.m. ET. The preliminary bouts begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET.
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-Nick Diaz vs. Marius Zaromskis
R1 – After an intense staredown,the fight begins. Not touching gloves. Diaz motions him on. They stand and punch. It’s Diaz landing shot after shot. Furious pace to open the fight. They clinch and Diaz works knees to Zaromskis’ right leg. Over and over, Diaz lands knees to the leg of Zaromskis. They separate. Diaz using his reach. Zaromskis with a left that stuns Diaz followed by a right that puts Diaz down. Back to their feet. The crowd chants, “Diaz, Diaz, Diaz…” They clinch briefly before getting back to punching. Diaz with a left and a right. Zaromskis looks tired. Diaz all over him. He lands body shots agasint the cage. Zaromskis goes down following a right hand from Diaz. It’s over.
Nick Diaz def. Marius Zaromskis by TKO at 4:38, R1
-Cris “Cyborg” Santos vs. Marloes Coenen
R1 – Coenen lands a front kick to start the title bout. Santos fires back and the two clinch where they exchange knees to the body. Coenen with a kick to the body but Santos lands a right hand. Santos takes Coenen down with a trip. Santos stands and lands a big right hand to the downed Coenen. Coenen staying active off her back, but Santos stands above her again and lands a big punch. Coenen with an up kick and Santos lets her up. Right hand by Coenen. They get into a firey exchange with Santos landing the bigger shots. Solid left hand by Coenen before the two clinch. Coenen pressing the Brazilian against the fence. Both women throwing with bad intentions. A spinning back kick to the body by Santos as the bell rings. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Santos.
R2 – Coenen comes out swinging but Santos lands a couple of punches knocking her off balance. Coenen goes down but as Santos rushes in, Coenen lands an up kick. Santos goes down in her guard. Santos works her over to the cage and stands above Coenen looking to land punches, but then lets Coenen up. Right hand by Coenen. They’re standing toe-to-toe. Santos with a left. Coenen shoots in for a double-leg but Santos defends. Santos takes her down and Marloes works for an arm but Santos powers out. Coenen on her back and Santos standing over her before diving in with a right hand. The round ends with Santos having Coenen stacked up against the cage. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Santos. Fight of the night so far.
R3 – Santos lands a counter right off of a leg kick. Coenen goes for a takedown and they clinch along the cage. Santos flurries on Coenen who covers up. Santos comes forward and Coenen tries to duck under her punches for the takedown, but Santos ends up on top in her half guard. Coenen gets back to full guard. Santos lands a series of right hands. Coenen trips Santos and gets back to her feet. Coenen in trouble with Santos on top of her dropping punches. The referee stops the fight. Cris “Cyborg” Santos retains her belt.
Cris “Cyborg” Santos def. Marloes Coenen by TKO strikes at 3:40, R3
-Herschel Walker vs. Greg Nagy
R1 – Walker with a jab that misses to start the fight. He lands an outside leg kick followed by another. They exchange and Nagy works for a takedown but Walker sprawls and spins taking Nagy’s back. Walker in Nagy’s haif guard landing right hands and the crowd chants “Herschel, Herschel, Hershel…” Nagy goes for a knee bar but Walker defends. Walker moves to side control and lands a couple of elbows followed by lands hands and that’s how the round ends. MMAWeekly.com scores the opening round 10-9 for Walker.
R2 – Walker goes back to working the kicks with one to the leg and one to the body. Nagy clinches but Walker picks him up and powers him to the canvas landing in side control. Nagy gives up his back before long and Walker has him mounted. Nagy bucks the 47-year-old off and gets back to his feet, but Walker takes the advice of the crowd and lands a knee. Walker wrestles Nagy to the ground again where he takes his back and flattens him out. Walker landes punches and hammer fists with Nagy unable to shake the former Olympian. Nagy rolls and Walker has him mounted again. Round ends with Walker landing more punches. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Walker.
R3 – Nagy comes out aggressive throwing two big right hands but Walker gets his hands on him and powers him down and mounts him. Nagy again gives up his back and Walker goes to landing punches and forearm strikes. The referee stops the fight. It wasn’t pretty but Walker dominates in his MMA debut.
Herschel Walker def. Greg Nagy by TKO at 2:17, R3
-Robbie Lawler vs. Melvin Manhoef
R1 – Manhoef lands the first strike, a kick to the body. Both guys being very careful and for good reason. Lawler unleashes a high kick but Manhoef blocks it. Inside leg kick from Manhoef followed buy a couple of punches. Manhoef flurries landign a kick to the body and is destroying Lawler’s legs with kicks. Lawler not doing much but covering up. Lawler with a huge overhand right that puts Manhoef out cold. The crown erupts.
Lawler limping around the cage after the fight. The leg kicks definitely took their toll.
Robbie Lawler def. Melvin Manhoef by KO at 3:33, R1
-Bobby Lashley vs. Wes Sims
R1 – Sims taunting Lashley to start the fight, then pumps a jab. Lashely with a right hand and then takes smes down with a double-leg. Lashley lands shot punches and tries to pass Sims’ guard, but Sims doesn’t allow it. Big punches by Lashley. Sims gives up his back and Lashley lands hammer fists. The referee stops the fight.
Bobby Lashley def. Wes Sims by TKO (strikes) at 2:06, R1
-Jay Hieron vs. Joe Riggs
R1 – Hieron lands a nice right hand and goes for a take down, but Riggs fends it off. They’re showing each other a lot of respect being careful. Hieron with an outside leg kick. Not a lot going on and the crowd grows restless. Riggs overextends on a punch and Hieron ducks under and takes him down. MMAWeekly.com scores the round for Hieron, 10-9.
R2 – Hieron standing on the outside and Riggs in the center of the canvas. Hieron closes the distance and throws a combination but Riggs blocks the punches. Hieron shoots in and gets the fight to the ground. Hieron works inside Rigg’s full guard, landing short punches to the body and head. Riggs tries to land some elbows from the bottom. Hieron postures up and lands a few punches, Riggs returns with a nice elbow from the bottom. Riggs gets back to his feet with ten seconds left but takes a knee to the body in the process. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Hieron.
R3 – Riggs down two rounds and needs to make something happen. Riggs stuns him with a right hook. Hieron goes for the takedown and gets it. Riggs appears to be cut above his left eye. Riggs working to get out of the grips of Hieron who is hanging on. The referee stands them up with 2:20 remaining. Riggs missed with a big right hand. Hieron lands a clean punch that drops Riggs. He follows Riggs to the canvas Riggs recovered quickly and establishes his guard. Riggs works for a kimura, but lets it go. The referee stands them up with ten seconds left. Riggs a bloody mess. MMAWeekly.com scores the final round 10-9 for Hieron.
Jay Hieron def. Joe Riggs by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
-John Clarke vs. Joe Ray
R1 – Ray misses with a high kick and comes in with a flurry to start the fight. Clarke clinches him against the cage. Ray lands two knees to Clarke’s head inside the clinch. Clarke spins him and presses him against the cage. The referess separates them. Ray lands a punch and knee and powers Clarke to the ground where he mounts and finishes with strikes.
Joe Ray def. John Clarke by TKO (strikes) at 3:14, R1
-Craig Oxley vs. David Gomez
R1 – Gomez throws a high kick and immediately shoots in for a double-leg and gets it. Oxley secures his head and rolls him over taking top postion, but it was short lived as Gomez gets his position back and advances to side control. Oxley gets back to full guard and doesn’t allow Gomez to posture up. Gomez works quick punches to the body. Oxley working off his back, looks for an arm, but Gomez has none of it. Gomez unable to do much from the top but wins the round and lands a punch after the bell. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Gomez.
R2 – Oxley immediately takes it to the ground where they play the leg lock and heel hook game. Gomez lands a kick to Oxley’s head. The referess said something to him but the action continues. Gomez obtains top position inside Oxley’s guard. Gomez peppering the body and head with just enough to not get stood up. Oxley works to get up but Gomez isolates a leg and uses it to get back in Oxley’s guard. The referee stands them up with 15 seconds remaining in the round. Oxley lands a right hand and tries for a spinning back kick as the round ends. Oxley falls and looks to have injured himself with the spinning kick. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Gomez.
R3 – Gomez rushes in and gets the fight to the ground immediately. Working inside Oxley’s guard he lands punches. Oxley having more difficulty controling Gomez’ posture this round, but Gomez’ strikes don’t have a lot on them. Oxley works a high guard looking for an arm or triangle, but Gomez uses the opportunity to advance to side control. He works punches and elbows to the body from there. Oxley able to get back to full guard with ten seconds remaining. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Gomez.
David Gomez def. Craig Oxley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Pablo Alfonso vs. Marcos Da Matta
R1 – Alfonzo throws a combination and Da Matta answers with a leg kick. Da Matta shoots in for a takedown and Alfonzo applies a guillotine. Da Matta escapes only to be caught in an arm bar. Da Matta quickly taps out.
Pablo Alfonso def. Marcos Da Matta by submission (arm bar) at 1:47, R1
-Hayder Hasan vs. Ryan Keenan
R1 – A feeling out process to start the round with each fighter before Hasan misses with a right hand. Hassan closes the distance and they exchange but neither landed anything clean. Hasan rushes in with a flurry but is caught with a counter right hand by Keenan. Keenan circles on the outside as Hasan moves forward trying to find his spot. He does, dropping Keenan with a right hand. Keenan establishes his guard but Hasan stands up and has the referee stand Keenan up. Keenan misses with a big right but lands a leg kick. He appears to have recovered. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Hasan.
R2 – Keenan not circling as much to start the round and takes the center of the cage. He begins to circle and not stand in front of Hasan as he did in round one. Hasan looks to be taking a bit of a breath and as I say that he knocks Keenan out with a devastating right hand.
Hayder Hassan def. Ryan Keenan by knockout at 2:42, R2
-Sabah Homasi vs. John Kelly
R1 – After a touch of gloves, Homasi persues Kelly, landing a couple of leg kicks. Kelly clinches off of a missed combination and the fighters work for position along the fence before separating. Homasi secures a takedown but Kelly quickly gets back to his feet. The two stand and exchange bombs, each landing. Homasi gets another takedown, but Kelly gets up and powers Homasi to the canvas. Kelly advances to the mount position and reigns down punches. Homasi briefly gives up his back. Still in mount, Kelly lands hammerfists follwed by more punches. Homasi again gives up his back and Kelly looks for a rear naked choke, but Homaasi defends. As the round ends Homasi able to get back to his feet, but took damage in the round. MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Kelly.
R2 – The round starts with a slow pace. Kelly works for a takedown but it’s Homasi who gets it. Kelly able to work his way to Homasi’s back where he applies a rear naked choke. Homasi tries to defend but eventually is forced to tap.
John Kelly def. Sabah Homasi by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:48, R2.
Main Card (On Showtime):
-Nick Diaz def. Marius Zaromskis by TKO at 4:38, R1
-Cris “Cyborg” Santos def. Marloes Coenen by TKO strikes at 3:40, R3
-Herschel Walker def. Greg Nagy by TKO at 2:17, R3
-Robbie Lawler def. Melvin Manhoef by KO at 3:33, R1
-Bobby Lashley def. Wes Sims by TKO (strikes) at 2:06, R1
-Jay Hieron def. Joe Riggs by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Preliminary Card (Non-Televised):
-Michael Byrnes def. David Zitnik by majority decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-29)
-Joe Ray def. John Clarke by TKO (strikes) at 3:14, R1
-David Gomez def. Craig Oxley by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
-Pablo Alfonso def. Marcos DaMatta by submission (arm bar) at 1:47, R1
-Hayder Hassan def. Ryan Keenan by knockout at 2:42, R2
-John Kelly def. Sabah Homasi by submission (rear naked choke) at 2:48, R2